Friday, July 23, 2004

JBOC: Friday Sermon: Rafsanjani accuses US of nurturing Al Qaeda and Taliban

JBOC: Friday Sermon: Rafsanjani accuses US of nurturing Al Qaeda and Taliban

"Friday Sermon: Rafsanjani accuses US of nurturing Al Qaeda and Taliban
Daily Times - Site Edition: "Rafsanjani accuses US of nurturing Al Qaeda and Taliban

TEHRAN: One of Iran’s most powerful clerics made a stinging rebuttal on Friday of allegations from the United States that the Islamic republic may have been linked to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In his weekly Friday sermon, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani also accused the United States of ignoring Iranian warnings of a growing Al Qaeda and Taliban threat before the strikes on New York and Washington.

The comments from the charismatic cleric, still one of Iran’s most influential figures, came after a national commission in Washington probing hijackings spotlighted alleged ties between Al Qaeda and Iran. The panel said Tehran operatives maintained contacts with Al Qaeda for years and may have provided transit for at least eight of the 19 hijackers."

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